Natural Treatment: Mediterranean diet helps cardiovascular disease patients

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Delicious components of a Mediterranean diet

Researchers have observed there is a decreased risk of death in patients with a history of cardiovascular disease with the the Mediterranean diet.

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It has been well established that a Mediterranean diet decreases the risk of heart disease. New research shows that this diet is also beneficial for patients suffering from cardiovascular disease.

The European Society of Cardiology has reported there is a decreased risk of death in cardiovascular disease patients associated with the Mediterranean diet. This observation has come from the observational Moli-sani study.

The Mediterranean diet is recognized as one of the most healthy nutrition habits in the world

Professor Giovanni de Gaetano, who is the head of the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention at the I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed Institute in Pozzilli, Italy, has said the Mediterranean diet has gained recognition as one of the most healthy nutrition habits worldwide. As a matter of fact it has been shown by many scientific studies that there is a decreased risk for many chronic diseases and for death from any cause associated with a Mediterranean lifestyle.

Prior to this study the research has focused on the general population, which is primarily made up of people who are healthy. There have been questions raised about whether a Mediterranean diet can help people with a history of cardiovascular disease such as stroke and coronary artery disease.

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There is a significant decrease in death from any cause associated with adherence to a Mediterranean diet

Death from any cause was decreased by 37 percent among participants in the research who had a higher adherence to the Mediterranean diet in comparison to those who did not adhere well to this diet according to Professor de Gaetano. The researchers investigated the role which was played by individual foods that the Mediterranean diet is made up of. Dr Marialaura Bonaccio, who was the lead author of the research, said that the primary contributors to mortality risk being lowered were an increased consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, and monounsaturated fatty acids, or olive oil.

Mayo Clinic reports the Mediterranean diet is a heart-healthy eating plan.The Mediterranean diet has been found to be associated with a decreased level of oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which is known as the "bad" cholesterol which is more likely to be associated with a build up of deposits in your arteries.

A Mediterranean diet is associated with many health benefits

A meta-analysis of greater than 1.5 million healthy adults showed that there was an association with a lower risk of cardiovascular mortality as well as overall mortality with adherence to a Mediterranean diet. There is also an association between a Mediterranean diet and a decreased incidence of cancer, and Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Also there may be a lower risk of breast cancer in women who eat a Mediterranean diet which is supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil and mixed nuts.

The Mediterranean diet emphasizes eating foods which are primarily plant based such as vegetables and fruits, whole grains, legumes and nuts. Butter is replaced with fats which are healthy such as olive oil and canola oil. It is encouraged to flavor foods with herbs and spices instead of salt. Red meat is limited to not more than a few times during a month. Poultry and fish are eaten at least twice a week. Drinking wine in moderation is an optional consideration. It is also suggested to get a great deal of exercise. The Mediterranean diet is a tasty and healthy way to enjoy food which is associated with many health benefits.

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